6.9 million passengers, 5.8 million bags processed, 237,059 tonnes of cargo, top destination country: India, top destination city: London. These are November 2018 stats for Dubai Airport, hailed as World’s busiest airport for the last 5 years. Also, another insight by a refrigerated transport company in Dubai says, the airport has a huge facility which can accommodate 75,000 tonnes of pharma & perishable cargo. But we are talking about passenger count here, Dubai for the last one and a half decade has seen an unprecedented rise in visitors and expatriates from around the world. Mostly coming from Asian and African countries to find good employment.
Being one of the top five cities in the world, Dubai has more than 15 million visitors a year. This makes up Dubai Airport busy all the time. “In Dubai alone we’ve spent about US$ 13 billion in the last five years, creating major facilities to cope with the extraordinary growth that’s been happening.” Says Paul Griffiths, CEO, Dubai Airports. When asked is bigger airports the solution for future airports, the answer is negative. Smarter Airports is the way forward to cop up with increasing users, bigger spaces will only make usability more daunting. While the numbers this year is still a new record, Paul says we still missed the target we had projected for the year 2018.
Earlier we talked about Perishable transport in Dubai, Emirates SkyCentral (DXB) is the worlds largest air logistics hub. Home to 1.2million tons of cargo every year. This incluces perishable cargo as well as pharmaceutical shipments. A go-to point for many a refrigerated transport company in Dubai.
Coming back to our focal point of Dxb 2018 statistical figures, India remains on the top, as far as the countries list is concerned second only to Saudi Arabia. Europe gains more percentage with 16.7 compared to last year as far as the growth rate is concerned. It’s really remarkable how Dubai has taken the first slot which Heathrow airport used to take. For the last 5 years, we have been seeing Dubai as the No.1 in terms of international passengers. Emirates and FlyDubai, the two state-owned carriers have played a vital role in this achievement.